[fawr-suh-buh l, fohr-]
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  1. done or effected by force: forcible entry into a house.
  2. producing a powerful effect; having force; effective.
  3. convincing, as reasoning: a forcible theory.
  4. characterized by the use of force or violence.

Origin of forcible

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see force, -ible
Related formsfor·ci·ble·ness, for·ci·bil·i·ty, nounfor·ci·bly, adverbun·for·ci·ble, adjectiveun·for·ci·ble·ness, nounun·for·ci·bly, adverb
Can be confusedforceful forcible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of forcibly

  • In spite of the wound he seized the musket and forcibly wrested it from our hero.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Moreover, it was forcibly borne in upon him just what a source of irritation they had been.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Somehow or other, it is one of the scenes that remind us most forcibly of the loss of youth!

  • These lessons are forcibly taught in the history of the subject of the present sketch.

  • She was forcibly changed, and now all the world was changing about her.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for forcibly


  1. done by, involving, or having force
  2. convincing or effectivea forcible argument
Derived Formsforcibleness or forcibility, nounforcibly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for forcibly



early 15c., from Middle French forcible, from Old French forcier (see force (n.)). Related: Forcibly.

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